Short breaks, also known as respite care, consists of regular, short breaks during which individuals with autism spend some time away from their immediate family.
The respite care may be provided by other members of the family, by volunteers or by professional health care staff. It may be delivered in the family home or in another setting, such as a special school.
Respite carers may help people with autism to enjoy opportunities and take part in the activities that they may not otherwise get, such as trips to the seaside. During the break, parents and siblings are given a break from the demands of caring for the person with a disability. They get time out for themselves and the chance to enjoy their own company.
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